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By joining us, you will be part of a dynamic and growing company. Ideally located in a pleasant region, La Précision is a company where human values are strong, the know-how and skills of each individual are valued to allow you to evolve within the company.

Dental application

In 2015, for the needs of its market, La Précision switched from the production of standard dental abutments to the production of customized abutments, while continuing to machine in the traditional way. Indeed, it is necessary to adapt to the dental morphology of the patient. In 2016, metal additive manufacturing becomes obvious for the production of this product, even in large series. Let's follow the approach adopted by La Précision!

1. Facts

Our starting point

Leadtime

3 weeks waiting for the patient: how to reduce this time?

Cost

Customized machining in large quantities is complex, time-consuming and very uncompetitive for reasons of unitary programming.

Quality

The junction between the customized area and the standard area is difficult to machine.

Objectives

Leadtime
-50% on the leadtime
Cost
Divided by 3
Quality
Equivalent

2. Solutions

By switching to metal additive manufacturing, the teams of La Précision are working on several areas for improving the manufacturing process.

An optimized manufacturing process

Printing the non-machinable aera

Thanks to the freedom of form offered by metal additive manufacturing, certain reworking operations are eliminated.

The gains obtained

Leadtime

-50% on the leadtime

The initial objective has been achieved, the waiting times for prosthetist / patient are shortened.

Cost

Divided by 3

Economic relevance is a major issue.

Quality

Equivalent

Quality remains at the center of our concerns.

3. To remember

  • Metal additive manufacturing is an integral part of a combination of manufacturing processes. Producing in additive manufacturing is one thing, mastering remanufacturing is essential. Think about finishings!
     
  • In this practical case, the geometry of the product has not changed, but our teams have rethought the value chain by targeting their actions. This allows them to make significant gains on a serial product.

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